Varsity farm in bottom rung

Executive director Ron Pellow is at ease with the demonstration farm's declining financial performance because of the environmental advantages.

Dairy demonstration farm at Lincoln University is sliding down the ladder against top Canterbury farmers because of nitrogen loss restraints.

Farmer welcomes river access

Ali Gordon, Mia Gordon, Alistair Gibb and daughter Emma on a pony trek on the track across farmland to a scenic section of the Ruamahanga River near Gladstone.

Alistair Gibb says he would like to see better public access across farmland - and he is showing the lead.

Sheep deaths escalating

Sheep from the livestock ship Nada are coralled on arrival in Mexico.

SAFE claims 252 sheep destined for a live export shipment to Mexico, died before they got on board.

Strong bull buying

Canterbury buyers came out in all conditions to eye up the talent in a good bull selling season.

Drought failed to deter buyers from investing in their breeding programmes during Canterbury's bull sale season.

'Bumpy' economy warning

The fall in dairy prices will spill over into the wider economy, amid warnings of "bumpy" times ahead.

Economy facing a "bumpy" time in the face of world economic volatility and the continued decline in dairy prices, Steven Joyce says.

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opinion

Lessons from many mentors

Pita Alexander tracks his many mentors through a long working career.

My first boss was my mother and she was a quiet achiever who pulled me into getting things done rather than pushing me.

Internet in the land of the long trenches

OPINION: Just comparing New Zealand's broadband prices with those overseas is simplistic because costs are higher here.

Trapped in a cage

It's cow heaven

Fieldays

Barrie shows sportsmanship

Cameron Barrie with his good sportsmanship award he won at the tractor pull at the Fieldays.

Cameron Barrie rewarded for showing the right attitude during the tractor pull at this year's Fieldays.

'Fantastic' for fencing tool inventor

The Fieldays was a “fantastic” success for fencing tool inventor Patrick Roskam, his mum Angela Roskam says.

Matt Jones of Levin competes in the Golden Pliers.

Top fencer 'chuffed' with win

It was seventh time lucky for a chuffed Tim Stafford at the recent National Fencing Championships.

dairy

Fonterra guilty of causing a stink

Fonterra's Whareroa plant in Hawera.

Fonterra has been found guilty causing a bad smell in Eltham that has lasted two years.

Dairy prices tumble again

Worried farmers 'beyond words' after eighth consecutive fall in Fonterra's GlobalDairyTrade auction.

Executive director Ron Pellow is at ease with the demonstration farm's declining financial performance because of the environmental advantages.

University in bottom rung of top dairy farmers

Dairy demonstration farm at Lincoln University is sliding down the ladder against top Canterbury farmers because of nitrogen loss restraints.

advice

A balanced budget

Many owner operators in dairying could be facing a loss of 35 cents to $1.35 cents a kilogram of milk solids for the year ending May 2016, says Pita Alexander.

Minimising losses is just as important as maximising profits.

Being prepared provides protection

It was a grim day. Pebbles rushed to hospital as soon as she could, after hearing Freddy had suffered an accident on the farm.

John Brosnan recommends farmers adopt a zero tolerance policy for illegal drugs on their farm.

Zero tolerance against drugs

A zero tolerance policy on illegal drugs touted as a farm owner's best defence against this growing problem.

aquaculture

Aquaculture growth an ongoing battle

Graeme Coates

Latest aquaculture expansion in Tasman Bays is the latest step along a road stretching back more than three decades.

MPs visit mussel spat hatchery

A team of Labour MPs finished a day in Nelson with a visit to the SPATnz mussel hatchery at the Glen, north of Nelson.

A kayak fisher tries his luck at a Golden Bay mussel farm.

Marine farm decision challenged

Legal challenge means delays are likely before new marine farms go ahead in Tasman and Golden Bays.

beef

Strong bull buying on good market

Canterbury buyers came out in all conditions to eye up the talent in a good bull selling season.

Drought failed to deter bull buyers from investing in their breeding programmes during Canterbury's bull sale season.

Bull sales encounter snow

Heavy snow played havoc with Canterbury bull sales, but failed to stop an offering of 92 bulls going to strong bidding at James and Fiona Fraser's Stern Angus bull sale in Totara Valley

Dam storage on Rob Peter's Cape Campbell farm.

Drought still major concern in Marlborough

The effects of the lengthy drought and continuing feed supply and grass growth issues continue to concern farmers.

Sheep

Sheep deaths escalating

Sheep from the livestock ship Nada are coralled on arrival in Mexico.

SAFE is claiming 252 sheep destined for the live export shipment to Mexico, died before they even went on board.

Drought still major concern in Marlborough

The effects of the lengthy drought and continuing feed supply and grass growth issues continue to concern farmers.

Clinton farmer Hamish Bielski won the Ballance Agri-Nutrients Sheep Industry Emerging Talent award in the 2015 Beef + Lamb New Zealand Sheep Industry Awards.

Sheep industry celebrates its best

The sheep industry's standout performers have been named at the Beef + Lamb NZ Sheep Industry Awards in Invercargill.

cropping

Crop yields hold up on shrinking land

Warren Darling credits favourable weather, growing management changes and a great team behind him for breaking the world record for the highest yielding barley crop.

Cropping farmers are managing to maintain much the same grain yields as five years ago on a shrinking land base.

Vege planting postponed again

Vegetable growers in Kapiti and Horowhenua have been hit by wet weather for the second year in a row.

Mike Porter, the new Federated Farmers grain and seed chairman for South Canterbury.

New grain, seed chairman wants to do his bit

Lyalldale mixed cropping farmer Mike Porter claims he's "mildly obsessive compulsive."

agribusiness

Meat reform resolution non-binding on SFF board

Silver Fern Farms chief executive Dean Hamilton.

2:28 PM  The Silver Fern Farms (SFF) board could ignore moves forcing it to examine the benefits and risks of a merger with the Alliance Group.

Farmer welcomes river access

Alistair Gibb says he would like to see better public access across farmland - and he is showing the lead.

The Lea family in Ratanui's Waikato native plant nursery, from left Chelsea, Charlie, Sophie, Georgia and Helen.

Going the extra mile for sustainability

Charlie Lea farms in a traditional but his rural environmental business is anything but.

Discovery

The fly with a taste for thistles

The gall fly deposits its eggs on the scotch thistle's buds and flowers.

Gordon Levet writes on efforts to knock back scotch thistles by using a fly that has taste for thistle seed.

How many worms in your soil?

AgResearch scientists seek help to gain a better understanding of one of the little known heroes of NZ agricultural production.

Terry Hawes, left, and his son, Craig, Hawes demonstrate the before and after filtration from dairy farm effluent through their Forsi recycling system.

Recycling set to revolutionise dairy farming

A recycling system which turns cow poo into clean water could be about to revolutionise NZ's dairy industry.

rural women

The strong woman behind the man

Wendy Avery.

Meet the woman who supports the man who is the face of the fight against farmer depression.

Are you a mumtrepreneur?

If there's one thing Bridgit Hawkins knows well, it's the challenge of juggling motherhood and self-employment.

Young inventor Ayla Hutchinson with mentor Bernice Mene at the Mystery Creek Fieldays Kindling Cracker stand.

Firm friendship: The sports star and the girl inventor

It's easy to see young inventer Ayla Hutchinson and her mentor, Bernice Mene are mates - even though they clearly have pretty different backgrounds.

Video

Kiwi leaders sleep rough

Rugby players and business leaders slept outdoors to highlight homelessness.

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